Essendon are barely going and are probably too far back to make finals but they detest Hawthorn and would love to beat the premiers twice in the same season. They have promised renewed energy after their bye and will want to start fast as they did in Round 2 when the teams last met.
Hawthorn are yet to find their best form and seem to think punching the opposition will help rediscover that form. Sydney’s loss last night gives the Hawks a surprise chance to close the gap so they will be desperate to win today.
Prediction: Expect fines, lots of fines.
Thommo’s tip: Hawthorn by 36 points.
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